I built this cart back in the summer & it has been so vital in working around the yard & garden. We've lived here in the country for over two years now. Our house sits on 48 acres but only about one acre around the house that's fenced in. A lot of the property is only accessible by one so called road that is more like a trail. My only 4 wheel drive vehicle is the family Jeep GC but would never take it up that road because I would be homeless once I got back. I took my MTD 990 on a dry run a few weeks ago back to the woods & it done very well but since it sits so high I had a few two wheel moments. The trail is about 3-5 feet wide & empties into several clearings along the way. It has a lot of rock surfaces & has several slopes that I have to do a lot of side saddle movements to keep all four wheels on the ground. It takes around 30-40 minutes mostly in second gear low to get from my shop to where I cut wood.
I loaded up the chain saw caddy with all the things I thought I would need for this journey. I'm thinking now the box could be a little bigger.
I chose my Sears SS 15 because it is gear driven & sits very low compared to my others. I kept the turf tires on but only have about five pounds of air in them along with 50lb. weights on each wheel. This was a very good combination never once did it spin. Here is the beginning of the trail. It's misleading because once you go up it immediately turns to the right into the rocky areas.
These are a few pics of the trail.
If you look at the very top of the pic where the bare trees are this is my destination.
After the 40 minute trip & a little stress I rewarded myself with a break before cutting.
I only cut two dead hickory trees down about 10" in diameter. I marked a lot of trees back in the late summer that were dead. Since this was my first trip I didn't want to overload the trailer until I seen how it did going back. It's mostly down hill on the way back.
I was very impressed with everything. I knew the tractor would do well because its a mule on wheels. The trailer did well over the rocky terrain & was very solid. I got off on a side slope once to see If I could lift the trailer on the high side to see how close it would tip. It wasn't going anywhere. The caddy worked out well, everything stayed organized & kept the bed free for just the wood. My next trip I will load a lot more wood. The tractor didn't even know it was pulling anything & the trailer has had a lot more weight on it before many times. I still won't stack the wood too high so I can keep the center of gravity to my favor.
We don't have cell service only texting & the land line. My wife kept her cell phone handy & I text her several times to let her know I was ok. I wore an orange vest so I would easily be seen if I got hurt, I had my cell phone, pistol with ammo, a come along, tow rope with hooks, rags & some first aide items. I don't want to sound dramatic but going this far from home on a tractor you have to be safe. I hope you enjoyed my trip & didn't get bored. I'm a lover of the outdoors year round. This trip was not only beneficial but enjoying God's handiwork is amazing.